Portrait Contest

ArtFields® 2016 Portrait Contest will be held Saturday, April 30, 2016 

ArtFields is proud to present its fourth annual ArtFields Portrait Contest on Saturday, April 30, 2016 from 10 AM-2 PM at The Bean Market in Lake City, SC. Twenty-four artists will be chosen to compete for “Best in Show” and a $1,000 cash prize by creating portraits of local educators serving as models for the event. The second place winner will receive $500 and the third place winner will receive $250. The contest consists of three rounds where the artists will have an hour to create each portrait. Artists of all levels from the 12 Southeastern states (AL, AR, GA, FL, KY, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN, VA, WV) are eligible to apply for the contest, including ArtFields 2016 Competition Artists.

The first round will have 24 artists and 12 models. Two artists will be randomly paired with a designated model. Portraits will be individually judged and 12 artists will be selected to move forward. In the second round, artists will be placed in a random group of two with one model assigned to each group. The third round will consist of six artists and one model for the final round. The winners will be announced at 2PM.

Contestants will have a 30 minute break after the first round and a 15 minute break after the second and third round while portraits are being judged. Artists will display their portraits after each round. Artists may sell their portraits after the contest and will be responsible for handling any sales transactions. All proceeds from the sales go directly to the artists.

Artists are responsible for their own medium, materials, art surfaces, easel and/or table. There is a size limitation of 18ʺ x 24ʺ for the portraits. Photography is not an accepted medium for the ArtFields Portrait Contest. Please contact Holly Shady by email holly@artfieldssc.org or call (843) 374-0180 if there are questions about the Contest.

To qualify, artists must register at between February 1, 2016 and March 18, 2016 by 5 PM Eastern Time. There is a $35 non-refundable registration fee. Applicants are asked to submit 1-4 images of previous work, preferably, but not limited to, portraiture. A review panel will consist of South Carolina art professionals. Accepted artists will be notified on Friday, March 25, 2016 via email.

238 East Main Street
Lake City, SC 29560
(843) 374-0180


Submit Now (Submissions will open on Feb 1)